20 Ways To Practice Self Care and Why You Should

Being a nursing student you are constantly reminded to show compassion and empathy for others, but many times we forget to the do the same for ourselves. Most days my health and personal well being is placed on the back burner. Why? When you get sick, you go to the doctor. When you get cut, you put a bandage on it. Maybe we need to start taking care of our bodies and minds the same way, with respect and self love. So as I am learning to practice self care, I challenge you to do the same. And do not forget this involves your physical body and your mental state. Let’s take those practices we learned in nursing school and adapt them to ourselves! Below I have included some great ways to get you started.

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Do Yoga
  3. Burn a candle
  4. Check out a new coffee shop or restaurant
  5. Get a massage
  6. Say no to someone
  7. Get a manicure or pedicure
  8. Challenge your negative thinking
  9. Take a bubble bath
  10. Listen to music
  11. Go for a walk
  12. Color or draw
  13. Make a gratitude list
  14. Make a vision board
  15. Reflect
  16. Start a bucket list
  17. Read a book
  18. Do nothing
  19. Buy something you really have been wanting
  20. Declutter a room
self-love
/ˈˌself ˈləv/
noun
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